This week saw the public release of Apache 1.3.20, and the
release for testing of Apache 2.0.18. It seems likely that
the Apache 2.0.18 tarball will be released as "alpha"-level
code, due to problems on some Linux platforms, and a mod_dav
The debate over the future of mod_proxy in Apache 2.0
continues and sees no sign of resolution. In February of this
year, the mod_proxy code from the Apache 2.0 repository was
moved into a separate CVS tree to allow independent
development to continue without affecting the stability of
the core server code. One option that has been discussed is
for the mod_proxy team to distribute an tarball bundling both
the core Apache code and the proxy code.
In this section we highlight some of the articles on the web
that are of interest to Apache users.
The Developer Shed presents step-by-step instructions for
building Apache, MySQL, WebDAV and PHP on Mac OS X. All
these programs compile and run on Mac OS X due to its
BSD-based UNIX core known as Darwin. To avoid
confusion, the Apache Web server built is not enhanced with
PHP programmers may be interested in creating
a spell checking tool and setting
up an event calendar using PHP. The former shows you how
to create a single class that allows you to manage multiple
dictionaries and check the spelling of any word quickly and
effectively. The second article covers the development of a
calendar system that inserts and retrieves relevant event
information from a MySQL database.
Apache 1.3.20 was released on 22nd May 2001 and is
now the latest version of the Apache server. The previous
release was 1.3.19, released on the 28th February 2001. See
what was new in Apache 1.3.19.
Apache 1.3.20 is available in source form for compiling on
Unix or Windows, for download from the main Apache site
or from any mirror
This is a bug fix and minor upgrade release, with a few new
features. Users should upgrade if they have noticed
particular bugs mentioned below or would like to use any of
the new features. The significant overhaul to the the Apache
Bench program, ab, which we reported on in
April were not included in this release due to some
Due to security issues, any sites using versions prior to
Apache 1.3.14 on Unix, or all versions on Windows or OS2,
should upgrade as soon as possible.
The main new features in 1.3.20 (compared to 1.3.19) are:
Enhanced rotatelogs functionality to allow the logfile name
to include customisable date stamps (using the standard
strftime syntax) as well as the ability to
specify the time offset from UTC
A new flag, NOESCAPE (NS) can be used in
RewriteRule directives to disable all normal
URI escaping. Use this flag with caution as it is easy to
introduce security risks.
Selected new features that relate to Windows platforms:
Integration of support for the Cygwin
platform. Cygwin is a Unix emulation layer for Windows.
The apxs tool, used to aid building modules
for Apache, can now be used on Windows platforms.
Selected new features relating to other platforms:
EBCDIC support has been overhauled and is now configurable.
EBCDIC support is needed for platforms such as
Fujitsu-Siemens' BS2000, the IBM OS/390, and IBM TPF
Various changes for Apache on NetWare including the ability
to shutdown cleanly, properly displaying error and warning
messages, and increasing the hard server limit as NetWare
is able to handle a large number of service request
threads. Directory indexes on NetWare will now also include
"." and ".." entries.
The following bugs were found in Apache 1.3.19 and have been
fixed in Apache 1.3.20
mod_proxy is now able to pass on empty HTTP
headers. These were previously stripped.
Fix a possible segfault at startup when no
ServerName is specified
Fix a possible segfault on some platforms if an invalid
floating point value is passed to an internal routine
Properly resolve the location of the ndbm library on Linux
and some glibc2 builds, where headers are not in the
standard locations. This affected builds on Red Hat Linux 7
and SuSe 7. PR#6929
For server-side includes on Windows, properly handle the
Fix a potentially serious threading problem with Windows NT
and Windows 2000 services. Modules such as
mod_jserv and mod_perl will not
be able to shut down cleanly.
On Windows fix a bug which could cause messages such as
"dup2(stdin) failed" when using piped logs.